Yoshio “Willie” Fujimoto was born in Colorado in 1929. He was raised there with his six siblings by his parents who emigrated from Japan. After farming with his family and graduating from high school during the Great Depression and World War Two eras, he served in the Korean War. Joining his brother Roy, he moved to Houston in 1959. Beginning in 1965, he worked in the Harris County’s mosquito control district. Willie and his wife raised their four daughters and one son in Houston, and the family has regular reunions.